submitted by George Poulos on 01.11.2004
The new migrants obviously had enough confidence to indulge in promotion of their business's. George looks like he is really enjoying himself. There are surely other photographs of similar type featuring Kytherians from the years when Kytherians dominated Cinema ownership in NSW?
This, and a number of photographs that will be posted in sequence after it, are photo's that were given to Professor Ross Thorne, Department of Architecture, Sydney University, by Peter Laurantus, son of George Laurantus.
All the photographs pertain to the Junee Athenium Theatre.
I would like to thank Professor Ross Thorne for providing the photographs to me in digitalised format.
Ross Thorne's contribution to the preservation of "Kytherian" and Hellenic Cinema's in NSW, has been discusssed in other entries. [Search under Thorne]. Particularly influential was a report he co-authored with Les Tod and Kevin Cork, to the Australian Heritage Office (NSW), in 1996.
Thorne, Ross, Les Tod & Kevin Cork (1996) Movie Theatre Heritage Register for New South Wales 18,96-1996, Sydney: Department of Architecture, University of Sydney. A National Estate Project for the Heritage Office (NSW) and the Australian Heritage Commission.
Peters father Yeoryios - George - was born 10.6.1894, in Kalisperianika,Kythera
He died on 3.6.1980, in Sydney, NSW.
He arrived in Australia on 1.11.1908.
From 1923 he was engaged in businesses - including cinemas. He either co-owned or leased numerous cinemas, including, the Cootamundra Arcadia, Junee Lyceum, Junee Atheneum, Tumut Montreal (not run by him - leased to P Stathis), and the Liverpool Regal.
More details can be obtained on George Laurantus, by referring to Kevin Cork's Ph.D thesis, posted to kythera-family in this section, or by searching under Laurantus with the internal search engine.
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